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Investigation of Utah police chief looked at dating, speeding

Resignation » Greg Whinham married a Roy records clerk two days after resigning.

First Published Jan 28 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Jan 28 2014 09:59 am

Before he resigned last year, an investigation found the Roy police chief violated policy by going on a date with a subordinate, that he sped with teenagers in his car and gave a business owner access to a police department computer, according to an investigation report.

The subordinate’s name is redacted, but Weber County marriage records show the former police chief, Greg Whinham, 55, married the department’s records clerk, Kristan Lindstrom, in a ceremony July 19 in Roy. That was two days after Whinham resigned. He had been on administrative leave since June 19.

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Roy City Recorder Amy Mortenson on Thursday said Lindstrom, 28, is no longer employed with Roy.

Whinham did not respond to messages seeking comment.

Roy provided a redacted copy of the investigation report earlier this month after a request by The Salt Lake Tribune and mediation through the state records ombudsman. It provides the first details of the allegations that led to Whinham’s resignation.

The investigation was conducted by the Layton city attorney. The report, dated July 3, says dating a subordinate was the primary allegation, but other accusations later came to light.

Whinham acknowledged texting and starting a personal relationship with the subordinate, according to the report. That led to a date June 1, the report says.

"After that date, and seeing the relationship evolving, Greg Whinham checked the City’s policies and then contacted the City Manager to inform him of the relationship," the report says. "On June 3, 2013 supervisory changes were made."

But Whinham had already violated the policy against dating subordinates, the report says.

The Layton attorney also found two Roy police employees received what was described as "special treatment." The report says one of those employees received more special treatment than the other, including spending long spans of time in Whinham’s office. The names of the employees are redacted. It is unclear whether one of them was Lindstrom.

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Whinham also allowed a business owner to use his computer. The then-chief proctored an exam the business owner was taking online through Utah State University, according to the report. Roy policy says only city employees and their immediate family, under supervision of the employees, can use the computers.

In another episode, Whinham had two Roy High students working in a police internship program in his car as he sped, the report says. Whinham claimed he was going "80-ish," the report says, though witnesses place his speed in excess of 90 mph after dark and outside of school hours. The report says the necessary permission forms for the two girls had not been requested or obtained. The report does not specify where Whinham was driving.


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